After a whirlwind of activities all winter and spring, we slowed way down for the summer and participated in 2 small fundraising events at Gazebo Musikk. We'll be gearing up again come fall for more Green Thursday programming and other events.
Apr 28, 2016
We were officially granted 501c(3) non-profit status! This means we can now accept tax deductible donations.
March - May 2016
More Green Thursday events are planned. Division St. Park plantings will again be held at the end of April/beginning of May. Sustainble Stoughton partnered once again with the City Tree Commission on Earth Day, April 22nd, to have a demo on correct tree planting, pruning and mulching. Mayor Donna Olsen was also in attendance and the city solar wood kiln was on hand for viewing how wood collected from city trees is dried with solar energy for repurposing .
January & February 2016
We renewed our Green Thursdays Events, partnering with Pumpkin Patch Preschool in Stoughton to provide a talk on Backyard Chickens and a night of Family Yoga.
We also partnered with other local organizations to form a broad coalition interested in preserving the historic 1892 High School for the benefit of community use. Members of the coalition include Sustainable Stoughton, the City of Stoughton Landmarks Commission, R Olde House Society, and the Stoughton Historical Society, in partnership with the Stoughton Area School District. A community forum was held at the Stoughton Opera House on Feb. 24th. Estimated attendance was about 50 people. More forums are planned in coming months.
November & December 2015
By the end of 2015 we formed an official board, assigned officers, and created bylaws. We are participating in ongoing recruitment to our board.
October & November 2015
We partnered with Dave Moyer from Moyer's Landscaping and the City Tree Commission to hold two volunteer workdays tending to the Heggestad Memorial Crabapple Orchard at Racetrack Park. We learned about proper tree mulching and pruning.
July & August 2015
Some of us toured the nearby cities of Janesville and Beloit with city officials to learn about their riverfront development projects. Then in August we presented a slide show to the RDA on riverfront development, incorporating survey results from our April community forum and examples of sustainable ideas implemented by these cities.
June & July 2015
We held pizza sale fundraisers at two Gazebo Musikk concerts and began work on our application to become an official non-profit organization.
We met with City Public Safety, Public Works, and Parks and Recreation Committees to hear from the Streets Superintendent about how the new turf maintenance policy is being followed and to promote continued discussion in order to reduce herbicide use in our city parks.
We successfully addressed the city to delay plans to spray herbicides on Rotary Park just days before the Gazebo Musikk concert series was about to begin. The park was not sprayed in 2015.
We recruited volunteers to clean up the garden beds at Division Street Park, plant more perennials and lay down mulch in time for Syttende Mai. We partnered with local plant nurseries Stoughton Garden Center and the Flower Factory, who generously donated supplies.
May also saw some of us helping out with the Food for Kids campaign
We hosted a large community forum, bringing together the City Redevelopment Authority (RDA) and citizens of Stoughton to foster discussion on possibilities for sustainable downtown redevelopment. Estimated attendance was about 50 people.
We also participated in the Yahara River Trail Cleanup day in conjunction with Rivers and Trails Task Force a local cub scout group, the Stoughton Kiwanis and others.
We held 7 Green Thursday monthly educational events, including live presentations on natural pollinators, amphibians, common edible and medicinal plants, and energy conservation.